The English newspaper published recently an article featuring their favorite 10 things to do when visiting Portugal.
The first thing to do when in Portugal is to visit the country’s capital: Lisbon. A good place to start is the historic district of Belem, where well-known monuments of the capital are located like the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Ajuda Palace.
The second is located further south and is the suggestion to go on a road trip through “one of the most stunning preserved coastline in Europe in the Costa Vicentina National Park, stretching for 100km from Porto Covo in the Alentejo to Burgau in the Algarve.”
Number 3 and number 4 is to visit Porto and “wander its maze of ever-winding, cobbled streets”, discover the majestic monuments and try the world-famous Port wine. A cruise in the Douro region is also a “can’t miss” to appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape where wine is been produce for over 2000 years.
On number 5, there is Boca do Inferno a cliff into the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Cascais. Cascais is also a must go place known as the “Portuguese Riviera”, located just 20 minutes from Lisbon.
The sixth thing is to travel to Castelo de Vide, a roman city in the interior of Portugal known for its Jewish quarter, its 14th century castle and the main square.
Back to Lisbon, the 7th thing to do is to visit the Zoo. Located in the city center, by going there “you can travel around the world” and see more than 2000 animals.
Number 8 and number 9 are for those who like to visit ancient places and wonder around. Number 8 is to visit Évora’s Capela dos Ossos – Bone Chapel – where you can see skeletons from centuries ago and walk the streets of this ancient city. Number 9 is to visit Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s the capital’s old district with influences from the Arab domination, it has survived the earthquake of 1755 that destroyed great part of Lisbon and is where Fado singers find their inspiration.
Because a trip to Portugal isn’t complete without a trip to the Algarve, number ten is a recommendation to visit the “long expanses of golden sand” which “are overlooked by ochre cliffs and green pines”.
As you can see, Portugal is a small country with a lot of diversity from the North to the South and from the coast to the interior. Maybe you cannot do all of those things in just one trip to Portugal, but discovering Portugal has to be for sure included in your “Must see” bucket list.